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The Bigs 2

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The Big Leagues just got bigger. The Bigs 2 allows fans to experience heroic gameplay, legendary game modes and incredible player models like they've never seen before. Elevating The Bigs 2 to new heights are bigger power-ups, amazing visual effects, … see full wiki

Console: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Wii, Nintendo DS
Genre: Sports
Release Date: July 7, 2009
1 review about The Bigs 2

One of the best sequels for a sports game I've ever witnessed.

  • Jul 18, 2009
Rating:
+5
The Good:

*Major upgrades and many extra features from the original game.
*Intriguing storyline that will last 4 seasons(instead of 1 season.)
*Ability to play as Legends and Hall of Famers.
*Constant mini-games make fielding very fun.
*Damon Bruce doing play-by-play is as funny as ever.
*Several environments for the Baseball Pinball.
*Certain players have perks, which makes this game as strategic as ever.


The Bad:

*Some challenges rely on dumb luck rather than skill.


The Bottom Line:

Attention video game sports franchises: Take notes! This is what a sports sequel should be like. Unlike other franchises such as Madden, which basically want you to cough up $59.99 every year for basically the same game, Bigs 2 has managed to upgrade from last time in such a way, that it makes "Bigs 1" almost forgettable. Fielding for example is no longer boring. Now in order to make a "legendary catch," or to catch a line-drive, or catch a foul pole near dugout, you will engage in several mini games: Button Sequence, Hold and Release the button at the right time, lining up crosshairs and even playing a balance beam game with your RT and LT buttons while trying to keep a baseball from dropping. If unsuccessful, you will not make a great catch and drop the ball. From the batting point of view, in addition to BIG BLAST, you can now choose to activate BIG SLAM as well, which gives you a chance to quickly load the bases and hit a grand slam all in one shot. Pitchers now get rewarded more points for BIG HEAT strikes to combat the powerful hitting.

Some players now have perks. For example, David Ortiz has "No Doubt Homeruns" which can't be caught. Some players like Ichiro have Free Boost before batting, while other defensive others have power to influence other defenders to play better. Other players even temporarily have higher stats if they trail. This really forces you to manage line-ups in a more thoughtful way.

The story mode of the game(*SPOILER WARNING*,) which now lasts four seasons, forces you to restart your career in a Mexican league during Season 1. As always, your stats slowly get better as you progress. After Season 4, you retire, but the game doesn't end there! You will now have to get yourself into Hall of Fame by playing with and against other legends on your quest to becoming the best player ever and ultimately beating Babe Ruth.
*END OF SPOILERS*

Pinball Mode is also fun with more stuff to destroy in several surroundings. There is now even a co-op mode. For all of you achievement hunters, one that I found really fascinating is where you and another online player have to work together and earn 2 million points together.

Some nit-picking: There will be some challenges in the game that will rely on dumb luck, rather than skill. If one of the challenges is to hit a HR and record 5 RBIs, that takes skill, but when it asks you to throw out 2 runners, you are forced to do things that you may not necessary want to or they won't even happen. In order to increase your chances, you will force your pitcher to throw hittable pitches and hope that it will be put in play towards your player. Therefore, if you concentrate on strikeouts as you should, chances are you won't get the intended task done.

The Bigs 2 is a great baseball game that also includes a season mode as well, if the lengthy Legend Mode didn't satisfy your hunger for non-stop action. While some traditionalists and those who like realistic baseball may not fall in love with this game, I think most baseball fans will enjoy this game in a big way. My only question is: Why can't 2K Sports be this successful with their other MLB games?

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